o/t: Portrait of Jennie (1948)

000 The latest essay (#89) in the Wonders in the Dark Romantic Movies Countdown is, thanks to the kind hospitality of the folks there, one written by, er, moi.

Wonders in the Dark

Impoverished artist Eben Adams (Joseph Cotten) makes the acquaintance of art dealers Matthews (Cecil Kellaway) and Spinney (Ethel Barrymore). Impoverished artist Eben Adams (Joseph Cotten) makes the acquaintance of art dealers Matthews (Cecil Kellaway) and Spinney (Ethel Barrymore).

by John Grant

vt Tidal Wave

US / 87 minutes / bw with some tinting (green/sepia) and brief color / Vanguard, Selznick Dir: William Dieterle Pr: David O. Selznick Scr: Paul Osborn, Peter Berneis, Leonardo Bercovici Story:Portrait of Jennie (1940) by Robert Nathan Cine: Joseph August Cast: Jennifer Jones, Joseph Cotten, Ethel Barrymore, Lillian Gish, Cecil Kellaway, David Wayne, Albert Sharpe, Henry Hull, Florence Bates, Felix Bressart, Clem Bevans, Maude Simmons, Anne Francis, Nancy Olson, Nancy Davis.

The novel by Robert Nathan upon which this movie is based is often cited as a classic of fantasy fiction, even though today it seems really quite dated in many respects, notably its overt religiosity. (It’s also unfashionably short; you sometimes come across it described as a novella.) Aside from that religiosity, however…

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